Desperate Housewives

Season 1 Episode 7

Anything You Can Do

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 21, 2004 on ABC
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Susan is miffed when Mike's unexpected - and very sexy - house guest (guest star Heather Stephens) Kendra forces him to postpone their first official "date." Susan and Edie decide to follow him and Kendra on their night out together. Lynette becomes steadily more dependent on the twins' ADD medication. Gabrielle becomes jealous of the "other" woman, Danielle Van De Kamp in John's life. Meanwhile, Bree's kids mutiny when they learn their dad has moved out. Tom is not happy when Lynette tries to take over his concept of new "Spotless Scrubs" to his clients.

A man has a heart attack while jogging and lands on Mrs. Huber's (guest star Christine Estabrook) lawn, but she dumps him on Bree's lawn so that she'll call the paramedics and they will ruin her lawn instead of hers. Andrew gets into a serious car accident that puts Mama Solis (guest star Lupe Ontiveros) in the hospital, right after she finally busts Gabrielle and John having their affair in Carlos' house. Bree and Rex are called to Andrew's school after he shoves a kid into a locker. Bree learns Rex is serving her with divorce papers. Lastly, the enigmatic Mr. Shaw (guest star Richard Roundtree) comes closer to solving one of Wisteria Lane's big mysteries.moreless

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  • Peak episodes like these...

    With every show, you get good episodes, aswell as bad ones, and sometimes, you get that one epitome of episodes that represents everything you relish about the programme you're watching, and this episode is a valid example.

    Bree goes head to head with Rex, and Gabrielle, who uses her manipulative skills to get John into bed for one final adventure. Susan inlists Edie as a helper to investigate the arrival of Kendra, obliviant to the fact that Edie was being investigated herself. Lynette's addiction starts to produce consequences, and Andrew brings his parents together again in the most unlikely manner.

    This episode does many things for the show. We see our first argument between the main ladies. We also develop a new connection and subplot, which is basically Bree's son running over Gabrielle's mother in law. We see traces of a developing friendship between Edie and Susan, and underlying issues between Tom and Lynette.

    This installment is a complete game changer. I valued that it focused so much on the main plut that revolves around Mary Alice, which is an area Desperate Housewives sometimes falls short in. It has so many storylines that it's easy to lose perspective, and become less interested in the big picture, but as I said before, epsiodes like this one rekindle the passion, and remind us why this show is one of the best written, acted, and planned out television programmes in history.moreless
  • loved it

    loved this episode of desperate housewives all the storylines were really fantastic and oh so juicy this show is so good its scary it normal takes me a while to get really hooked onto a show but desperate housewives has had me hooked since the pilot and hasnt let me go the storylines are just brilliant like andrew mowing down gaby's mother in law i certainly didnt see that ine coming i wonder whats going to happen next will juanita live to tell carlous about gabby's affair will mike and susan get that first date and what the hell is paul young hiding cant wait to find outmoreless
  • Uno de los mejores episodios de la serie.

    Toda la intriga con Mike y Susan. La reaparición de Eddie, que yo jamás pense fuera la autora del chantaje en contra de Mary Alice. Gabrielle capturada infraganti por su suegra, en la cama con el sexy super apuesto Jardinero. Los conflictos de los Van de Kamp que terminaron en divorcio. Me hubiera gustado una escena donde Andrew se hubiera refugiado en los brazos de su madre, eso hubiera puesto un toque adicional al episodio. La complicidad de los Van de Kamp para encubrir a su hijo, demuestra el porque la relación de ellos debe continuar. La aparición de Lynette y su actitud no fue nada distinta a la del capitulo anterior (Running to Stand Still) por eso no sobresale tanto como hubiera querido. Un episodio muy muy interesante, para repetirse y reseñar.moreless
  • Competition.

    Amazing episode with absolutely wonderful preformance.

    Lynette is hitting the walls as she is running low on ADD medication and she needs to pull the dinner for six in two days. Gabrielle is jealous of Danielle because John is having a date with her and makes plans to get her to New York. She and John are having one last sex but Juanita catches them but when she gets out of the house Andrew hits her.

    Bree is having an ultimate fight with Rex as they are now definitely getting divorce and once Rex buys a lot of present to children she demands of them to choose Bree or Rex.

    Finally Susan's first date with Mike is interupted when Kendra comes to visit him. Amazing episode.moreless
  • I know i have to regret but I'm happy for Andrew ran over Ms Solis!

    Oh, this episode is hard enough becuase of Bree. I don't know what to do whae your husband tells u "honey, u'll have the divorce papers today" and the son that wants to live with this husband. Horrifying reality. And that Lynette - poor woman that has no pills! Shame on u, but I feel sorry for u either. Susan discovered that Mike is not as clean as everybody thought! Just an episode of housewive's disappointments...moreless
Heather Stephens

Heather Stephens

Kendra Taylor

Guest Star

Edward Edwards

Edward Edwards

Dan Peterson

Guest Star

Stacey Travis

Stacey Travis

Jordana Geist

Guest Star

Christine Estabrook

Christine Estabrook

Mrs. Martha Huber

Recurring Role

Doug Savant

Doug Savant

Tom Scavo

Recurring Role

Brent Kinsman

Brent Kinsman

Preston Scavo

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: Mike mentions that his missing ex was last seen at Saddle Ranch, but she disappeared in 1993 and Saddle Ranch didn't open until 1999.

    • Dana's baby blanket was yellow to keep Dana's gender a secret.

    • Andrew runs down Mama, and is seen from Gabrielle's house moving from left to right - headed down the street to "his house" - when he should have been driving by right to left. All other episodes show that the Van De Kamps live across the street and to the left of Gabrielle. However, it is very possible that Andrew simply drove away in a panic, and later took a longer way round to get back to his house.

    • When Bree's daughter Danielle jumps into the new convertible she only has one shoe on.

    • How does Bree's son Andrew get into the kitchen at the end of the episode? He doesn't have the new house key!

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Paul: Look, I just want to move this place fast. I'll do whatever we have to do.
      Edie: Well, that's good to know. You do realize that you're going to have to disclose the fact that your wife killed herself in the house.
      Paul: I am?
      Edie: Oh, yeah. Legal crap. You know, people get really freaked out by suicides. You can't blame them. Hell, I get the willies just standing here.
      Paul: Is there any way to get around it?
      Edie: Off the record? You could say that she shot herself in the living room, and then crawled out back to die. (Paul gives her a weird look) Well, I'm just saying!

    • Mike: I know how this looks, but there is nothing between us. Kendra is just an old friend.
      Susan: Old friend?
      Mike: Yeah, you know...
      Susan: Yeah. Yeah. No, actually no, I don't know. So, by old friend, do you mean college pal, bowling buddy, saved you from drowning?
      Mike: It's hard to explain.
      Susan: Could you give it a shot?

    • Detective: The stationary is particle 17, 100% cotton. It is made by Cyprus Office Products. In stores in twelve cities, including yours. We traced that postmark back to your local post office.
      Paul: Meaning?
      Detective: Meaning that the blackmailer is probably someone you know. A neighbor, milkman, pool boy, soccer mom...
      Paul: Soccer mom?
      Detective: Mr. Young, sometimes evil drives a mini van. I had this gig once, tracking down this PTA mom, was hell-bent on landing her daughter a spot on the parade float. Fed anti-freeze to half the homecoming committee.
      Paul: Did you catch her?
      Detective: Mr. Young, the people who hired me didn't hire me to catch her.

    • Woman: So, what did everybody think?
      Lynette: I thought the character of Madame Bovary was ... very inspirational.
      Woman: Inspirational? She poisons herself with arsenic.
      Lynette: Really?
      Woman: You didn't read until the end?
      Lynette: I stopped after page 50.
      Woman: Am I the only one who read the book?
      Susan: I saw the movie. It was really good.
      Woman: Ladies! I'm sorry, but wh-wh-what is the point of having a book club if we don't read the book?

    • Edie: (speaking about Mike and his female friend) I heard they are going to the Saddle Ranch tonight.
      Susan: So friends can do that.
      Edie: Oh my God. I just want to slap and shake you.

    • Mary Alice: Competition. It means different things to different people. In Suburbia, it means keeping up with the Jones's. On Wisteria Lane, that means keeping up with Bree Van de Kamp. Everyone knew Bree had the nicest lawn in the neighborhood. And no one begrudged her this. No one, that is, except Martha Huber, whose own lawn paled in comparison. No matter how carefully she trimmed...or how lovingly she watered...or how generously she fertilized...the grass was always greener on the other side of the fence.

    • Julie: Mom, you're getting too dressed up.
      Susan: I know, but I wanna look really sexy.
      Julie: I told Mike I expect him to have you home by eleven.
      Susan: Hmm. How about midnight?
      Julie: All right, but no later. You know how I worry. So, you, uh, got protection?
      Susan: Oh my god. We are so not having this conversation.
      Julie: We are because I enjoy being an only child.
      Susan: Are you finished?
      Julie: Almost. You know, I always assumed I would have sex for the first time before you would have it again.
      Susan: Okay, you can leave now.

    • Edie: Hey, how was your big date?
      Susan: Mike had to reschedule.
      Edie: Oh. Because of the hot girl? With the suitcase? Over there? Gosh how devastating for you. FYI.

    • Mary Alice: Competition, it means different things to different people. But whether it's a friendly rivalry...or a fight to the death...the end result is the same. There will be winners...and there will be losers. Of course, the trick is to know which battles to fight. You see, no victory comes without a price.

    • Edie: For the record, I was rooting for you to land him.
      Susan: And why would you root for me?
      Edie: Well, I figured it would be easier for me to steal Mike from you than her - she seems like fun!

    • Gabrielle: Well, as it turns out, Pershing Modeling Academy has an opening for their summer program. Would you like me to sponsor you?
      Danielle: Would I? Oh my god, that's like one of the best schools in the country! You would do that for me?
      Gabrielle: I sure would.
      Danielle: I would so love to go to New York.
      Gabrielle: Oh, and I would so love to help you get there.

    • Susan: Hey, Edie!
      Edie: Wow! Get a load of you! You look so pretty. I hardly recognize you.
      Susan: Oh this? Well, I have a date. Right now. With Mike. We kissed. FYI.

    • Gabrielle: I have a problem with you seeing other girls.
      John: Well, I have a problem with you having a husband. I guess we'll both have to learn to deal.

    • Bree: If Andrew's angry about you moving out of the house, then perhaps he should shove your head into a locker.

    • John: You're so jealous of Danielle you try to ship her off to New York?
      Gabrielle: I'm not jealous, I just don't like to share.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Even though he is credited Cody Kasch (Zach Young) does not appear in this episode.

    • Lynette's husband is pitching a sale on how to advertise a product to his clients and they are not very interested in his idea. Lynette suggests advertising on dry-cleaning bags because "they sit in your closet for months and are constant advertising". The clients loved her idea. To promote this show, ABC did just this, putting the slogan "Everyone has a little dirty laundry" on thousands of bags.


    • Episode Title: The title of this episode comes from the song "Anything You Can Do" from the Irving Berlin musical Annie Get Your Gun.

    • Mama Solis is hit by a car after discovering a love affair with an age gap. In "Lolita", Charlotte Haze is hit by a car after she discovers her husband, Humbert Humbert, has a sexual obsession with her teenage daughter.